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Friday, November 1
 

8:00am

Registration & Security Check
Friday November 1, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Harvard Law School: Langdell Hall 1545 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

9:00am

Special Event: President Steinmeier on a panel hosted by the Berkman Klein Center
The German American Conference has the unique opportunity to join a panel with the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on the Ethics of the Digital Transformation. The panel, hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, will feature experts from Germany and the US, and explore the implications of Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 on society. Conference participants are invited to attend the panel discussion, and a conference ticket is required for admission.

The discussion is moderated by Urs Gasser, Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center and Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. In addition to the German President, the following experts will join the open dialogue:
  • Jeanette Hofmann, Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Professor of Internet Politics, Free University of Berlin
  • Matthew Liao, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics, New York University
  • Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, MIT
  • Wolfgang Schulz, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institute, Professor for Media Law and Public Law, University of Hamburg
  • Eva Weber-Guskar, Guest Professor for Philosophy, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Crystal S. Yang, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Please note that there will be security checks before the event and that space in the main auditorium is limited, so plan to arrive early.

You cannot bring any bags or backpacks into the room with you. You will be asked to present a form of government ID to be admitted to the panel discussion. There will be absolutely no admission without a conference ticket and a valid form of ID.

Seats in the auditorium will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the venue capacity is reached, the panel discussion will be live-streamed to a nearby auditorium to allow every conference participant to experience this unique panel.

Friday November 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Harvard Law School: Langdell Hall 1545 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

11:30am

Transition to the Charles Hotel
Friday November 1, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

12:15pm

Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for MATTHIAS HEIDER

MATTHIAS HEIDER

Chairman of the German-US Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Bundestag
Matthias Heider has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2009. He serves as the Chairman of the German-US Parliamentary Friendship Group, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy, and board member of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group. Heider’s political... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 12:15pm - 12:30pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

12:30pm

Keynote
Speakers
avatar for FRIEDRICH MERZ

FRIEDRICH MERZ

Vice President, Economic Council of the CDU
Friedrich Merz is Senior Counsel at the international law firm Mayer Brown LLP. In June 2019 he has been elected Vice President of the Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Union (“Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V.”), representing the interests of its members towards politicians... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

1:00pm

Lunch Break
Friday November 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

2:00pm

A Seat at the Table
In the panel “A Seat at the Table: Who is missing and how can we change that?“, we want to explore the role meritocracy, hidden biases, and politics play in the careers of underrepresented groups in the United States and in Germany and what each country can learn from the other. 

In Germany, people from the former German Democratic Republic or “East Germany” are largely missing from leadership positions. For example, there are only three East German DAX executives and not a single university in Germany is led by an East German. Similarly in the United States, more than 90% of the Fortune 500 chairmen positions are filled with white men, people of color are struggling for representation in leadership positions in business and society. 

Both countries take different approaches in dealing with the underrepresentation. Affinity groups and Executive Order 11246 (Affirmative Action) are an integral part of the professional landscape in the U.S. and are viewed as crucial in promoting the interests of underrepresented groups. In Germany, however, quotas or affinity groups are rare and seem out of reach for East Germans or Germans with a family history of immigration.

Through personal stories and anecdotes, we want to discuss how institutions like Harvard diversify their faculty, what roadblocks people from underrepresented groups face while finding their seat at the table, and how society can overcome resentment and the ever present “us vs. them” mentality. We also want to discuss how policy can create a more equal representation and what each country can learn from the other.

Speakers
avatar for JOCELYN MCDANIEL

JOCELYN MCDANIEL

Social Justice Entrepreneur & Strategist
Jocelyn R. McDaniel is a Social Justice Entrepreneur & Strategist who cares deeply about education equity, eliminating the racial wealth gap and accountable & responsive public leadership. She has dedicated her career to bringing about systemic and equitable change to marginalized... Read More →
avatar for MANUEL J. HARTUNG

MANUEL J. HARTUNG

Head of DIE ZEIT’s WISSEN section and editor-publisher of ZEIT CAMPUS
Manuel J. Hartung has been serving as Head of DIE ZEIT’s WISSEN section since September 2019. He is also editor-publisher of DIE ZEIT’s bi-monthly university magazine ZEIT CAMPUS and DIE ZEIT’s annual magazine ZEIT GERMANY, which serves an English-speaking audience of students... Read More →
avatar for THOMAS KRALINSKI

THOMAS KRALINSKI

State Secretary Land Brandenburg
Thomas Kralinski was born in Weimar, East Germany. He studied Political Science, Economics and Eastern European Science in Leipzig and Manchester (UK). After graduating, he worked as research fellow for International Relations at the University of Dresden and as research assistant... Read More →
avatar for SERGEY LAGODINSKY

SERGEY LAGODINSKY

Member of the European Parliament The Greens / EFA
Sergey Lagodinsky is a German lawyer, author and a Member of the European Parliament (Alliance 90/The Greens). He is the 1st Vice-Chair of the Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs, also working in the Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice... Read More →
avatar for JUDITH D. SINGER

JUDITH D. SINGER

Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Harvard University
Judith D. Singer is Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and James Bryant Conant Professor of Education at Harvard University. An internationally renowned statistician, Singer’s scholarship focuses on improving the quantitative methods used in social, educational... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

2:00pm

Medicine - There’s no free lunch in the new age of cancer therapy
Cancer is the second most frequent cause of death in both the U.S. and Germany, only surpassed by cardiovascular diseases, with a life-time risk of around 40 %. Being one of the clinically most pressing issues in the Western world, billions of dollars are invested each year into developing novel treatment strategies involving digital and personalized medicine. By treating every single patient with a unique strategy much more efficient therapy is possible. However, treatments which are not targeting a broad range of patients anymore are usually associated with a much higher cost to the patient.

What is the potential of these cutting-edge technologies and what is the best way to implement them into our healthcare systems? And how can we achieve an efficient interplay of government, academia and industry on a national and an international level?

The road towards breakthroughs in research is long and the road to making it accessible for patients is even longer. Healthcare, and in particular cancer care, is a topic in which business, economic and public interests crash and which needs coordinated efforts to get from bench to bedside.

Speakers
avatar for ERWIN BÖTTINGER

ERWIN BÖTTINGER

Head of Digital Health Center Hasso Plattner Institute
Erwin Böttinger is head of the Digital Health Center at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany, and director of the newly formed Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, USA. He holds dual academic appointments as... Read More →
avatar for STEFFAN HO

STEFFAN HO

Head & Vice President Translational Oncology Pfizer Global Product Development
Steffan Ho is Vice President and Head of Translational Oncology at Pfizer in the Global Product Development organization. In this role, he oversees translational and precision medicine strategies that support clinical development across a diverse oncology portfolio.While at Pfizer... Read More →
avatar for ANULA JAYASURIYA

ANULA JAYASURIYA

Founder & Managing Director of EXXclaim Capital
Anula Jayasuriya is a private equity executive and venture capitalist. She founded EXXclaim Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on catalyzing innovation, entrepreneurship and investment in Women’s Health. Anula co-founded the “Evolvence India Life Science Fund”, the... Read More →
avatar for ANITA KATHARINA WAGNER

ANITA KATHARINA WAGNER

Associate Professor Harvard Medical School
Anita Katharina Wagner is an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research at the Department of Population Medicine of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She also serves as the Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Program.Dr. Wagner conducts empirical research generating evidence for answering challenging... Read More →
avatar for ROBERT WEINBERG

ROBERT WEINBERG

Founding Member Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Dr. Robert A. Weinberg is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Weinberg and his colleagues isolated the first human cancer-causing gene, the... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Charles Hotel: Kennedy Room 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

3:00pm

Break
Friday November 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

3:15pm

Workshop: Tobias Pusch
Tobias Pusch is a German lawyer and the President of the Harvard University Alumni Club of Berlin e.V. In his talk, he will speak about his experience as a witness of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Speakers
avatar for TOBIAS PUSCH

TOBIAS PUSCH

German lawyer and the President of Harvard University Alumni Club of Berlin e.V.
Tobias Pusch, LL.M. (Harvard) is the President of the Harvard Alumni Club of Berlin e.V. as well as of the Harvard Scholarship Foundation Germany e.V.Mr. Pusch was an academic assistant and tutor in Berlin at the Free University and at the Humboldt University. Between 2002 and 2005... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
The Charles Hotel: Workshop Room 2 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

3:15pm

Building an Apprenticeship System
The United States has never had more individuals enrolled in college than today, but with this phenomenon comes a student debt price tag of over $1.5 trillion. This is occurring even as many higher-paying middle pay employment sits empty, with employers struggling to find talent to do the job. Lastly, people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are increasingly disengaged from these opportunities, with education and business/industry struggling to connect to this high potential group.
Apprenticeship is increasingly seen as a viable workforce and economic development tool within the United States and may offer solutions. This panel will explore the expansion movement within the United States, with specific focus on how these efforts have been undertaken at the national, regional, and local levels and what is being done to impact these disadvantaged communities. 
The panel will have expertise assembled from across the United States and Germany. During this discussion we will focus on the benefits gained, challenges revealed, and remaining work to be done within the United States. We will also discuss new challenges that Germany now faces in filling some of their traditional apprenticeship programs. Overarching will be an eye toward the Future of Work and what it means for highly skilled work moving forward.
The work thus far within the U.S. to implement more dynamic, state and regional wide apprenticeship system has been remarkable. As a result, new and diverse apprenticeship programs have formed, with hundreds of thousands of new apprentices, and collaborations between education and business and industry across all sectors. Can apprenticeship be the new 4-year degree? Can it provide solutions to long-standing education and workforce development challenges facing the nation? These answers and more will be discovered.

Speakers
avatar for MARC BAYARD

MARC BAYARD

Director, Black Worker Initiative Institute for Policy Studies
Marc Bayard is an Associate Fellow and the director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.  He was the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive... Read More →
avatar for HUBERT ERTL

HUBERT ERTL

Director of Research Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
Since 1 September 2017, Prof. Dr. Hubert Ertl has been Vice President and Director of Research of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).Prof. Dr. Hubert Ertl, born in 1968 in Dingolfing (Bavaria), attained the upper secondary school-leaving certificate... Read More →
avatar for BARBARA HUMPTON

BARBARA HUMPTON

CEO Siemens USA
Barbara Humpton is CEO of Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees and over $23 billion in revenues and $5 billion in annual exports.Most recently, Humpton served as... Read More →
avatar for JOHN LADD

JOHN LADD

Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship
John Ladd became Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship in January 2008. As the Administrator, John has responsibility for oversight and activities related to the National Apprenticeship Act as well as the management of OA staff in the National Office, 6 Regional Offices, and... Read More →
avatar for ANDREA MAYFIELD

ANDREA MAYFIELD

Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board
Andrea Mayfield joined the Mississippi Community College Board as Executive Director in December 2015. She previously served as President of Shelton State Community College and has more than 22 years of experience in the Mississippi community college system.Dr. Mayfield received a... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

3:15pm

Transatlantic Security
Tensions over trade issues have put the U.S. security guarantee in doubt. With no replacement in sight, a reluctant Germany has failed to define its role in global security matters within Europe and the transatlantic alliance. This fall, state elections in the Eastern Laender are likely to expose the legacy of Germany’s separation and its impact on attitudes towards Russia and the U.S.

Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, it is time for the US and Germany to take an honest account of transatlantic cooperation and disagreement: How will we handle economic competition between close allies? What will the German-American security partnership look like after 2020? How can we effectively respond to instability in Ukraine and threats by Russia?

This panel will bring together prominent national security leaders to discuss the new barriers being raised in transatlantic security, both between allies and rivals, and find approaches for their deconstruction.

Speakers
avatar for ADITI KUMAR

ADITI KUMAR

Executive Director Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
avatar for LAURA KUPE

LAURA KUPE

Counsel, Committee on Homeland Security U.S. House of Representatives
Laura Kupe is a former Obama presidential appointee and multilingual attorney with domestic and foreign policy expertise in think tanks and the U.S. federal government, including the U.S. House of Representatives, the Department of Homeland Security, and the White House. She is currently... Read More →
avatar for NICO LANGE

NICO LANGE

Chief of the Executive Staff at the German Federal Ministry of Defense
Nico Lange has been the Chief of the Executive Staff at the German Federal Ministry of Defense since August 2019. From 2018-2019 Lange was deputy general manager and director for strategy, planning and international politics of the CDU. Before joing CDU HQ, Nico Lange served in Annegret... Read More →
avatar for STEFAN LIEBICH

STEFAN LIEBICH

Member of Parliament, The Left
Stefan Liebich represents the Berlin district Pankow/Prenzlauer Berg/Weißensee in the Bundestag since 2009, where he is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and spokesperson for foreign affairs for The Left. He began his political career in 1990 when he became a member of... Read More →
avatar for MARIE-AGNES STRACK-ZIMMERMANN

MARIE-AGNES STRACK-ZIMMERMANN

Member of the Bundestag, FDP; Spokeswoman for Defense Policy, FDP
Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann was born on 1958 in Düsseldorf and is member of Germany’s Federal Parliament (Bundestag) for the Free Democrats Parliamentary Group. From 2008-2014, she was First Mayor of Düsseldorf. 2013-2019, she was Deputy Federal Chairwoman of the liberal... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
The Charles Hotel: Kennedy Room 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

4:15pm

Coffee Break
Friday November 1, 2019 4:15pm - 4:45pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

4:45pm

Female Leadership
A century has passed since women in both the US and Germany have gained the right to vote and five women have already announced their candidacy for the US presidential elections for 2020. Yet in Germany we have reached the lowest percentage of female parliament members since 1998.
Furthermore in finance, women-owned firms still make up less than 1% of the 70 trillion assets under management in North America. Looking at leadership, the number of female CEOs in the S&P 500 has actually gone down from 32 to 24 in the last two years and women in Germany only make up 9% of board members of the top 200 firms. All these numbers contradict the rising percentage of women graduating from colleges, law and business schools.
Studies on gender diversity have consistently showed that teams including women perform better in terms of sales and profits than male-dominated teams. Should we therefore implement regulations like female quotas to facilitate the process of women empowerment?
The panel explores the glass ceiling that prevents women from rising as a female leader in various fields such as politics, finance and science. Are these barriers created by legislative regulations including family leave or rather social norms, like the so-called “old-boys-club”?

Speakers
avatar for IRIS BOHNET

IRIS BOHNET

Professor & Academic Dean Harvard Kennedy School
Iris Bohnet, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, is the Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. She is a behavioral economist, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural... Read More →
avatar for DELIA LACHANCE

DELIA LACHANCE

Founder and Managing Director Westwing
Delia Lachance is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Westwing, the European leader in inspirational Home & Living eCommerce. Westwing’s customers are 90% female. Prior to co-founding the Company in 2011, Delia worked as an editor at German ELLE and ELLE Decoration magazine... Read More →
avatar for LAURA KUPE

LAURA KUPE

Counsel, Committee on Homeland Security U.S. House of Representatives
Laura Kupe is a former Obama presidential appointee and multilingual attorney with domestic and foreign policy expertise in think tanks and the U.S. federal government, including the U.S. House of Representatives, the Department of Homeland Security, and the White House. She is currently... Read More →
avatar for MILLIE LIU

MILLIE LIU

Founder and Managing Partner First Star Ventures
Millie Liu has focused her career on helping entrepreneurs with deep technology turn their ideas into great businesses with global reach.She was previously at APT, an enterprise data analytics startup acquired by Mastercard for $600m where she helped Fortune 50 clients such as Walmart... Read More →
avatar for JANA PAREIGIS

JANA PAREIGIS

Journalist and news anchor ZDF
Jana Pareigis is a journalist and main anchor of the news program “Mittagsmagazin” at ZDF, Germany’s national public television broadcaster. Before that she was a news anchor of “ZDF-Morgenmagazin”.She is also the director and writer of the television documentary “Afro.Germany... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

4:45pm

The Changing Energy Landscape
30 years ahead – The changing energy landscape and its implications on society

Germany covers 30% of its electricity demand from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, and is often used as a role model to show that a transformation toward green energy is possible. 

Many regions in the US and traditional energy corporations are now following suit, seeing an attractive long term market opportunity in building green energy systems. 

While several advances have been made to jumpstart green energy initiatives, the transition of the remaining 70% to green energy remains a significant challenge. In this panel, we explore what would be the consequences of transforming the other 70% to green energy. 

We will not only discuss which technologies are required for such an energy transformation, but also focus on what such a transformation mean for an equitable society, in terms of jobs, changes in our daily routines, and overall quality of life. By bringing together practitioners from policy, energy service distribution, business and technology development, we hope to reveal key insights into comprehensive, integrated solutions to transform the energy sector.

Transforming societies to such a massive scale, as for the energy transition, requires breaking barriers in research, the way we manage job transitions and re-training efforts, and the way we communicate the challenges and opportunities associated with this transition to achieve an equitable, sustained energy environment.

Speakers
avatar for LAURA ANDERSON

LAURA ANDERSON

CEO, Service Controls and Digitalization at Siemens Gas and Power
Laura Anderson is the Global Head of the Controls and Digitalization business segment for Siemens Gas and Power. She joined Siemens in 2010, bringing with her a broad strategy and general management background and the ability to link long-term market trends and the strategies needed... Read More →
avatar for RASMUS ANDRESEN

RASMUS ANDRESEN

Member of the European Parliament The Greens/ EFA
Born in 1986, Rasmus Andresen grew up in Flensburg, where he went to a Danish school before studying Communication Sciences in Denmark. He has been involved in green politics since the age of 14. Rasmus was first elected into the regional parliament (Landtag) of Schleswig-Holstein... Read More →
avatar for REGINA BETZ

REGINA BETZ

Professor Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Regina Betz is Head of the Center for Energy and the Environment at the School of Management and Law of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Before joining ZHAW she was Joint Director at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM) at the UNSW Sydney. Regina’s... Read More →
avatar for AURÉLIE BROS

AURÉLIE BROS

Senior Fellow, Energy Project Davis Center, Harvard University
An energy expert with ten years’ experience in the development of Eurasian and global energy markets, Aurélie Bros has worked in international public service, academia, think tanks, and the private sector. She provides ad-hoc research, consultancy, and strategic advice on energy... Read More →
avatar for ROBERT WEISENMILLER

ROBERT WEISENMILLER

Former Chair California Energy Commission
Bob Weisenmiller is one of the world’s leading voices on energy. For more than nine years, he served at the California Energy Commission under Republican and Democratic administrations. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger first appointed him as a commissioner in 2010. Then, Governor... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
The Charles Hotel: Kennedy Room 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

5:45pm

Break
Friday November 1, 2019 5:45pm - 6:00pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

6:00pm

Keynote Speech
Speakers
avatar for GINA MCCARTHY

GINA MCCARTHY

Former administrator of the EPA, Professor of the Practice of Public Health at Harvard and Director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment
Gina McCarthy is Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment. In this capacity, she leads the development of the School’s... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

7:30pm

Movie "Prenzlauer Berg"
In „Prenzlauer Berg“ director Petra Tschörner paints an indelible portrait of East Berlin during the chaotic, hopeful, and uncertain months between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the currency union between the two German states. Delving into the hopes and fears of the inhabitants, the film foreshadows many of the dynamics of the next 30 years. Please indicate below if you would be interested!

Friday November 1, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Wex-436 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
 
Saturday, November 2
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday November 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

9:00am

Fighting the Climate Crisis
The climate crisis is real and the negative impacts of changing global weather patterns are felt more every day. Despite the increasing need for immediate action, we face a political deadlock and increasing carbon emission worldwide.

Hope on the political level is only provided by the youth and the global climate strikes, that demand more rigorous climate change policies – but to what extent are they able to break the political mold?

In addition, carbon neutrality is just an intermediate step, as the atmospheric concentration of carbon must decrease. Innovative technologies such as direct air capture seem promising – but will they also be successful at large scale?

Within our societies, the most vulnerable parts and people, that often times contributed least to the climate crisis, are those who will feel the negative impact of climate change most. How can this environmental and climate injustice be addressed and what needs to change?

In this panel, we first aim to explore which political barriers need to be overcome to break this political deadlock situation. Second, we discuss which technological breakthroughs are needed in the fight against the climate crisis. Third, this panel focuses on the prevalent global and local climate injustice how our societies can be better protected.

Speakers
avatar for GRACIELA CHICHILNISKY

GRACIELA CHICHILNISKY

CEO and Co-Founder of Global Thermostat
Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky is the CEO and Co-Founder of Global Thermostat in New York City. As a world-renowned economist and creator of the formal theory of Sustainable Development, she previously acted as Lead US Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received... Read More →
avatar for SABINE VON MERING

SABINE VON MERING

Professor Brandeis University
Sabine von Mering grew up on the (car-free!) North Sea island of Langeoog, Germany. A climate activist with 350Massachusetts for a Better Future since 2012, she is Professor of German and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, affiliated faculty with the Environmental Studies Program, and Director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University (CGES) where she offers courses on German culture and climate... Read More →
avatar for LUISA NEUBAUER

LUISA NEUBAUER

Head Fridays for Future Germany
Luisa-Marie Neubauer (23) is a German climate protection activist. In Germany she is one of the main organisers of the school strike 'Fridays for Future' inspired by Greta Thunberg. She advocates a coal phase-out in Germany by 2030 and a climate policy compatible with the Paris Convention... Read More →
avatar for ADRIENNE HOLLIS

ADRIENNE HOLLIS

Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist
Adrienne L. Hollis is the lead climate justice analyst for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In that role, she leads the development, design, and implementation of methods for accessing and documenting the health impacts of climate change on communities... Read More →
avatar for JACQUELINE PATTERSON

JACQUELINE PATTERSON

Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program NAACP
Jacqueline Patterson is the Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

9:00am

Taming Data Science and AI
AI has emerged as a powerful if not the most promising algorithmic tool that has the potential to change our lives – how we shop, hire, get from A to B, and protect ourselves and families.

Predictive analytics making use of AI algorithms, e.g. in fighting crime, promises to make police work more efficient. However, they do come with the risk of preserving existing biases.

In light of the presidential elections 2020 and the scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica the question arises whether social media is actually serving us or rather the need for large amounts of data to train smart algorithms.

The necessity for extensive corpuses of data makes personal data more and more valuable not just for industry but also for research and governments. This raises the question how we want our personal data to be used and what kind of protection mechanisms are necessary. Do we need legislation to protect our personal data?

AI can help us to overcome boundaries, but it is becoming more and more clear that it can also create new boundaries. On a related not we have to ask ourselves what boundaries we need to implement to protect ourselves and the society at large?
Join our expert panel having a closer look at the social and political implications of AI.

Speakers
avatar for CATHERINE HAVASI

CATHERINE HAVASI

Principal Snowcap AI and visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab
Catherine Havasi is a technology strategist, AI researcher, and entrepreneur. In the late 90s, she was a crowdsourcing pioneer when she co-founded the Common Sense Computing Initiative, or ConceptNet, the first crowd-sourced project for artificial intelligence and the largest open... Read More →
avatar for CARLA HUSTEDT

CARLA HUSTEDT

Head of the Ethics of Algorithms Project Bertelsmann Foundation
Carla Hustedt leads the Ethics of Algorithms project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. In the project, she takes a closer look at the societal consequences of algorithmic decision-making, hoping to contribute to the development of technology that can ultimately facilitate greater social inclusion. Previously she founded the German-Ghanaia... Read More →
avatar for KATHY PHAM

KATHY PHAM

Fellow Harvard Berkman Klein Center
Kathy’s past work has spanned Google, IBM, Harris Healthcare, and government at the United States Digital Service at the White House, where she was a founding product and engineering member. She has founded Women in Product Boston, the Cancer Sidekick Foundation, Team Curious, and... Read More →
avatar for DANIEL POLLMANN

DANIEL POLLMANN

Head of Boston Office QuantCo
Daniel Pollmann heads QuantCo’s Boston office with a focus on solutions for pricing and forecasting in e-commerce. He shapes QuantCo’s broader quantitative research agenda including industries such as insurance and healthcare. Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard... Read More →
avatar for EVA WOLFANGEL

EVA WOLFANGEL

Science and reportage journalist, Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT
Eva Wolfangel (www.ewo.name) is a German science and reportage journalist, focusing on future technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, computer science, data journalism, interaction between digital and real worlds, and space travel. She writes for major magazines and newspapers in Germany... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
HKS: Stage 2 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

10:00am

Break
Saturday November 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:15am
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

10:00am

Workshop: Introduction to Immunity to Change
Join Michael who earned his Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University. The Immunity to Change process underscores why our most stubborn and persistent behaviors are difficult to change by illuminating our competing commitments and big assumptions. Only once those blocks have been identified can we truly develop strategies for overcoming resistance and pushbacks.In this participant-driven exploration of people’s resistance to change, we will examine our own resistance and the resistance of groups, then work to develop an action plan to overcome these resistances.In the process, you will learn: Why people resist change, even when we say we want to changeWhat to do once that resistance -- that “immunity” -- has been named and identifiedLeadership and coaching frameworks that you can apply in your own life and work. The course is rooted in the work of Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey's innovative and powerful Immunity to Change framework, as well as research on human development by Tim O'Brien from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Wherever you are in your personal development journey, this session will provide you with deep insights into the underlying factors that make change so difficult, and provide you with actionable tools you can use in your own life as you work to affect change.

Speakers
avatar for MICHAEL KÖHLER

MICHAEL KÖHLER

CEO KONU and Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU Wagner
Michael is the CEO of KONU, an international Leadership development firm. His leadership development work draws on his experience as an entrepreneur, professional dancer, and educator.Michael teaches Leadership at NYU Wagner. He holds Master Degrees in Public Administration from Harvard... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 10:00am - 12:30pm
HKS: Workshop Room 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

10:15am

Happening Now: Brexit
Brexit is the single most challenging present-day European issue. No other political process has captured the public’s attention, consumed bureaucratic resources, and kindled divisive sentiments like the planned departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. With the most recent deadline of October 31st for the UK’s departure from the European Union but continued uncertainty as to whether a deferral may take place, this panel represents a key opportunity for experts in policy and journalism to speak on ways forward.

What will the UK-EU relationship look like in the days after October 31st? The GAC may not have all the answers in the immediate aftermath of the deadline’s passing ⁠— but will be ready to discuss what is happening at the present moment. In particular, with the rise of Euroscepticism elsewhere in die EU, the relation between Euroscepticism and the ways in which “exit” has come to function as an implicit and explicit theme in populist politics will be examined. Beyond the challenge of Brexit itself, how has this phenomenon contributed to the reshaping of European politics? And how has the Union itself risen (or failed to rise) to the challenge of Brexit?

Brexit is a paradoxical issue: In breaking one barrier, namely the challenging hurdle to follow through with leaving the European Union, it has the potential to create countless others.

Speakers
avatar for ALVARO RENEDO

ALVARO RENEDO

Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Alvaro Renedo is currently a Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relation), where he will be doing research and lecturing in the field of EU affairs throughout this academic... Read More →
avatar for MICHAELA WIEGEL

MICHAELA WIEGEL

Political Correspondent for France Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Michaela Wiegel, born in 1968 in Bremerhaven (Germany), writes about French politics and society for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Sunday edition Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and the weekly Die Woche. She is based as a correspondent for France... Read More →
avatar for IRENE BRAAM

IRENE BRAAM

Executive director of the Bertelsmann Foundation
Irene Braam joined the Bertelsmann Foundation as executive director in April 2016. She is also the first vice president and board director of the Bertelsmann Foundation Board of Directors. Irene is an experienced lawyer and media expert, and worked for over ten years with the Bertelsmann... Read More →
avatar for DAVID WHINERAY

DAVID WHINERAY

Visiting fellow Europe Program


Saturday November 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

10:15am

Tech Innovation
Bringing disruptive technologies to life Disruptive Technologies – groundbreaking inventions that shake up whole industries or create new ones - face many barriers along their development. 

In the evolution from a research idea to the implementation of a practical application a variety of parties are involved in the process: from academic research and industry to politics. 

Germany is world renowned for engineering and built its economic growth on the cutting edge of engineering innovation. 
The United States has been leading the world in bringing disruptive technologies to consumers in the U.S. as well as around the globe.

Still, in both countries practitioners in research in both academia and industry would describe the process of bringing innovations to markets as cumbersome, often failing to bring the benefit of innovations to society. 

So, how can academia, industry and politics achieve the common goal to have societal benefit from disruptive technologies as quickly as possible while managing the risks to safety and security?

Breaking barriers to growth by engineering innovation After 1989, with public debt rising and low economic growth, Germany turned into “the sick man of Europe”. However, relying on its engineering strength, Germany succeeded to become one of the most vibrant economies in Europe in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for JOHN HAIGH

JOHN HAIGH

Co-Director Mossavar-Rahmani Center, Harvard Kennedy School
John Haigh is Co-Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He focuses on teaching general management skills along with addressing issues of competition, technology, innovation and regulation.  From... Read More →
avatar for DIETMAR HARHOFF

DIETMAR HARHOFF

Director Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Dietmar Harhoff is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. His research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and industrial... Read More →
avatar for HEIKE RIEL

HEIKE RIEL

IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research
Heike Riel is a distinguished scientist known for advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She is IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research. She is responsible for leading the research agenda of the Science & Technology... Read More →
avatar for BRITTA WEDDELING

BRITTA WEDDELING

Editor-in-Chief, Bits&Pretzels
Britta Weddeling is Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels, the largest European founders festival  that connects 5,000 entrepreneurs, investors and decision-makers of the startup-world. This year she interviewed Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Former Silicon... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
HKS: Stage 2 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

10:15am

Worker Voice
Lifting every worker‘s voice: Sharing Lessons From Germany and the U.S. The transformation of our world of work through data, communication and automation is in full swing. Workers, unions, businesses, and policy-makers are facing fundamental questions about how this transformation will affect workers, future skill needs and worker representation. At the same time, our highly-industrialized economies are plagued by rising inequality, pressures from globalization and a downward pressure on the quality of jobs. In the U.S., there is a growing recognition that shareholder value maximization and the weakness of unions and labor law have contributed to these developments. The German experience has been different: The involvement of workers as stakeholders and effective industrial relations have proven very successful in confronting these challenges while maintaining a competitive economy and highly-skilled workforce. Does the German experience of giving workers a voice through works councils, unions, and collective bargaining offer a model for a way forward in the U.S? How would labor law need to change? And how do German companies navigate the business and political environment when investing in the South of the U.S.?

Speakers
avatar for MARC BAYARD

MARC BAYARD

Director, Black Worker Initiative Institute for Policy Studies
Marc Bayard is an Associate Fellow and the director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.  He was the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive... Read More →
avatar for SHARON BLOCK

SHARON BLOCK

Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
Sharon Block is the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. The Labor and Worklife Program is Harvard’s forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its implications for society. Prior to coming to Harvard Law School in 2016, she was... Read More →
avatar for CARSTEN HÜBNER

CARSTEN HÜBNER

Director Transatlantic Labor Institute (TLI)
Carsten Hübner has served as Executive Director of the Transatlantic Labor Institute in Spring Hill, Tennessee, since 2016. Prior to this, he was a consultant on transnational union cooperation for the European and Global Group Works Council of Volkswagen AG and the German metalworkers... Read More →
avatar for OLIVER MOLL

OLIVER MOLL

Works Council Chairman at ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Business Services Schweinfurt
Oliver Moll has served as Chairman of the Works Council at the manufacturing company ZF Friedrichshafen AG in Schweinfurt, Germany, since 2013 and as Chairmain of the company’s European Works Council since 2014. Oliver Moll was first elected as a works council member in 1996, and... Read More →
avatar for COREY WIGGINS

COREY WIGGINS

Executive Director NAACP, Mississippi State Conference
Corey Wiggins serves as the new Executive Director of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) Mississippi State Conference. In this capacity, he is working to tackle poverty as well as advance racial justice and economic opportunity throughout this southern... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
HKS: Stage 3 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

11:15am

Break
Saturday November 2, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

11:30am

Innovation Lounge Opening
Speakers
avatar for ANTHONY DEIGHTON

ANTHONY DEIGHTON

Chief Marketing Officer, Celonis
Anthony Deighton leads the global marketing strategy and execution for Celonis, and heads the team responsible for driving the rapid market adoption of the Celonis Intelligent Business Cloud that organizations use to drive digital transformation initiatives. Deighton previously served... Read More →
avatar for MARCELL VOLLMER

MARCELL VOLLMER

Chief Innovation Officer, Celonis
Marcell Vollmer leads partnership and go-to-market teams at Celonis as its Chief Innovation Officer. As a former business process owner, Vollmer evangelizes the power of process mining and is a key executive sponsor for some of the world’s largest enterprises. Vollmer is a 14-year... Read More →
avatar for THOMAS KRALINSKI

THOMAS KRALINSKI

State Secretary Land Brandenburg
Thomas Kralinski was born in Weimar, East Germany. He studied Political Science, Economics and Eastern European Science in Leipzig and Manchester (UK). After graduating, he worked as research fellow for International Relations at the University of Dresden and as research assistant... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

12:00pm

Innovation Lounge: Lightning Talks
Speakers
avatar for DAVID MIDDELBECK

DAVID MIDDELBECK

Chairman of TechLabs and Co-founder and Managing Director of edyoucated
David is the Chairman of the European nonprofit TechLabs. The organization was co-founded by David in 2018 and helps hundreds of students every year to learn coding skills through a 16-week program that combines personalized online learning, project work, and local community events... Read More →
AR

AHMED RAGAB

Value for Good
avatar for JÜRGEN LINK

JÜRGEN LINK

Yunus Social Business
avatar for EDUARDO GATICA

EDUARDO GATICA

SIG Way Beyond Good
avatar for SAMUEL OOSTERHUIS

SAMUEL OOSTERHUIS

Director of Software Development for Dematic
Samuel Oosterhuis is the Director of Software Development for Dematic, an intralogistics solutions provider. As part of the KION Group, Oosterhuis and his team drive the development of KION’s Digital Warehouse, this encompasses the products that provide our customers with a better... Read More →
avatar for ESTHER LEGANT

ESTHER LEGANT

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
avatar for GINTA RUBIN

GINTA RUBIN

NRW Invest
avatar for DIETMAR RIEG

DIETMAR RIEG

German American Chamber of Commerce, New York
avatar for MAX MILZ

MAX MILZ

Siemens Management Consulting
avatar for JOHN GATTO

JOHN GATTO

President of FrankfurtRheinMain Corp.
Since 2018, Dr. John Gatto is the President of FrankfurtRheinMain Corp., the International Marketing Agency of the Greater Frankfurt/Main region. He also assumed the role of Chief Economic Development and Government Affairs Officer for the German Federal State of Hessen through affiliation... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
HKS: Wexner Commons Wintergarden 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

12:00pm

Introduction to Harf Zimmermann's Photo Exhibition
In 1981, Harf Zimmermann moved into a fifth-floor walkup apartment on Hufelandstrasse, a cobblestone street in East Berlin. The neighborhood was an anomaly in the increasingly drab Soviet-administered city. Buildings boasted proud facades and balconies, linden trees lined the broad sidewalks, and an unusual number of privately-owned shops remained in business.Feeling like the "final witness" to something that would soon be gone forever, Zimmermann went out onto the street with a large-format view camera, wandering up and down Hufelandstrasse, capturing the faces and facades of the neighborhood.After a small exhibition in 1989, Zimmermann’s photos were hidden away in a box for more than two decades. After the photos have now been published in a book earlier this year, an exhibition will take place at this year’s conference.

Saturday November 2, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
HKS: Workshop Room 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

1:00pm

Lunch Break
Saturday November 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

1:00pm

Innovation Lounge
Saturday November 2, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
HKS: Wexner Commons Wintergarden 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

2:00pm

Fireside Chat
Speakers
avatar for DAVID GILL

DAVID GILL

Consul General, German Consulate General in New York
Born in 1966, Gill grew up in a protestant minister’s family in Herrnhut, Saxony, in former East Germany. He was denied a higher education by the communist regime for political reasons. Instead, he trained and worked as a plumber before joining a preparatory protestant school and... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

2:00pm

Workshop: Introduction to Immunity to Change
Join Michael who earned his Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University. The Immunity to Change process underscores why our most stubborn and persistent behaviors are difficult to change by illuminating our competing commitments and big assumptions. Only once those blocks have been identified can we truly develop strategies for overcoming resistance and pushbacks.In this participant-driven exploration of people’s resistance to change, we will examine our own resistance and the resistance of groups, then work to develop an action plan to overcome these resistances.In the process, you will learn: Why people resist change, even when we say we want to changeWhat to do once that resistance -- that “immunity” -- has been named and identifiedLeadership and coaching frameworks that you can apply in your own life and work. The course is rooted in the work of Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey's innovative and powerful Immunity to Change framework, as well as research on human development by Tim O'Brien from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Wherever you are in your personal development journey, this session will provide you with deep insights into the underlying factors that make change so difficult, and provide you with actionable tools you can use in your own life as you work to affect change.

Speakers
avatar for MICHAEL KÖHLER

MICHAEL KÖHLER

CEO KONU and Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU Wagner
Michael is the CEO of KONU, an international Leadership development firm. His leadership development work draws on his experience as an entrepreneur, professional dancer, and educator.Michael teaches Leadership at NYU Wagner. He holds Master Degrees in Public Administration from Harvard... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:00pm - 4:30pm
HKS: Workshop Room 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

2:45pm

Keynote Speech
Speakers
avatar for PHILIP ZELIKOW

PHILIP ZELIKOW

White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, both at the University of Virginia. His books and essays focus on critical episodes in American and world history. A former civil rights... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

3:15pm

Coffee Break
Saturday November 2, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

3:45pm

Colonial Legacies in the US and Germany
2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. In the US, modern-day Germany is often celebrated for its culture of commemoration. However, Germany’s colonial past is not widely understood, the colonial legacy remaining all but illegible to most Germans. At the same time, the renaming of streets, the return of cultural artifacts, and the question of reparations, have become contentious political issues that rhyme with current and past debates in the US. Black Germans have taken the lead on many of these issues but are often rendered invisible in mainstream transatlantic debates. In this panel, we want to unpack how Germany’s colonial legacy is shaping attitudes and policy today. To do so, we want to examine the connections between the US and Germany during the imperial period and look at some of the parallels and differences between German and US history, where de-colonization and the struggle for racial justice were once deeply intertwined.

In doing so, we want to help a younger generation break down the barriers of understanding that have prevented unified Germany from addressing racism, and expand the transatlantic debate.

Speakers
avatar for SOPHIA BECKER

SOPHIA BECKER

MPP’19, Harvard Kennedy School
avatar for JOSHUA KWESI AIKINS

JOSHUA KWESI AIKINS

Political Scientist University of Kassel
Joshua Kwesi Aikins is a political scientist, human rights activist and researcher at University of Kassel's Department of Development and Postcolonial Studies, where he is completing his PhD. His research interests include the interaction between western-style and indigenous political... Read More →
avatar for MICHELLE R. MOYD

MICHELLE R. MOYD

Associate Director Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Indiana University
Michelle Moyd is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University – Bloomington. Her book, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa was published in 2014 by Ohio University Press. She is currently the Associate Director... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
HKS: Stage 2 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

3:45pm

Start-ups - Hurdles to Growth
Startup ecosystems in the US and Germany differ tremendously. Within both ecosystems, founders encounter a different array of challenges, such as difficult access to capital, shortage of high-tech talents in recruiting, failing legal protection, and stigma associated with failure. This panel aims to contrast the extent to which founders face these and other hurdles within Germany and the US.
In light of the €2.1bn “Venture EU” fund-of-fund structure and von der Leyen’s plan to create a €100bn “European Future Fund” a particular emphasis will be laid on access to capital provided through governments and political institutions. Is the availability of capital really the solution to fostering thriving startup ecosystems or just a catalyst for another investment bubble?

This and more will be discussed as the panelists share their personal experiences, their view on the current funding situation, and other hurdles currently encountered by startups in the US and Germany.

Startups combine formerly siloed ideas to create new technologies and innovations. These innovations are fundamental tools to overcome existing barriers by providing new forms of communication, media, and transport.

Speakers
avatar for PIERRE GOURDAIN

PIERRE GOURDAIN

Managing Director FlixBus USA
Pierre Gourdain is the CEO of FlixBus USA and in charge of making FlixBus the #1 ground based long distance mobility provider in the country. After a successful launch on the West Coast in 2018 more than a million passengers have already used the green buses. Prior to the USA, Pierre... Read More →
avatar for LISA GRADOW

LISA GRADOW

Co-Founder of Usercentrics
Lisa Gradow is Co-Founder of Usercentrics, market leading solution in the area of Consent Management Platforms (CMP) based in Munich currently expanding to the US. Previously, the law graduate worked fordigital investment manager Scalable Capital backed by BlackRock in Legal and Compliance... Read More →
avatar for WENDY XIAO SCHADECK

WENDY XIAO SCHADECK

Investment Manager at Northzone VC
Wendy joined Northzone in 2015 and leads Northzone’s investments in Web 3. While studying for her MBA at Columbia, she became deeply enthralled in the dichotomy of roles women are expected to play without much societal support and therefore founded CoHatchery, a co-working space... Read More →
avatar for BRITTA WEDDELING

BRITTA WEDDELING

Editor-in-Chief, Bits&Pretzels
Britta Weddeling is Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels, the largest European founders festival  that connects 5,000 entrepreneurs, investors and decision-makers of the startup-world. This year she interviewed Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Former Silicon... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

4:45pm

Break
Saturday November 2, 2019 4:45pm - 5:00pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

5:00pm

Keynote Speech
Speakers
avatar for PEER STEINBRÜCK

PEER STEINBRÜCK

Former Federal Minister of Finance, Germany
Peer Steinbrück, a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), was the Federal Minister of Finance (2005 to 2009) and Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (2002 to 2005). In 2013, he ran for Chancellor as an opposition candidate but failed to carry the election... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

5:30pm

Closing Remarks
Speakers
avatar for NICOLE MENZENBACH

NICOLE MENZENBACH

Consul General of Germany to New England
Nicole Menzenbach is the Consul General of Germany to New England. From 2014-2017, she served at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin as the Head of Division for Higher Education, Science and Academic Relations Policy, and from 2012-2014 as a Senior Advisor for Afghanistan... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 5:30pm - 5:45pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

5:45pm

Closing Remarks by the Team
Saturday November 2, 2019 5:45pm - 6:00pm
HKS: Stage 1 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

8:30pm

Reception
Saturday November 2, 2019 8:30pm - 11:30pm
The Harvard Museum of Natural History 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
 
Sunday, November 3
 

10:00am

Harvard Campus Tour
Come join us for tours across Harvard Campus on Sunday. During the tours, students from Harvard’s Crimson Key Society usher groups around Harvard Yard, discussing key historical points, telling anecdotes, and answering questions, all while weaving in their own personal experience.

Sunday November 3, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Harvard

10:00am

Workshop: Five-Year Plan
Growing up as a first-generation high school graduate, Moritz Baier-Lentz developed the mental models from his teenage days as a video gaming world champion into a life filled with adventures and purpose: from studies at Stanford, Harvard, and Oxford to work at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, the White House and completing a 250km ultramarathon through the Moroccan Sahara. In this workshop, he will share his five-year plan—a unique tool to design your career, citizenship, and relationships to reach "the next level" of your one precious life.

Speakers
avatar for MORITZ BAIER-LENTZ

MORITZ BAIER-LENTZ

Founder, Future Friday
Moritz was honored among the “30 Under 30” (Forbes), “35 Under 35” (Business Insider), and “40 Under 40” (Capital) for his contributions at the interface of Wall Street and Silicon Valley; studied at Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, and Peking University on full-ride... Read More →


Sunday November 3, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
HKS: Workshop Room 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

10:00am

Workshop Celonis
Digital Transformation is a key strategic priority for companies all around the world.
But what is transformation? And how is it already achieved today?
The answer is hidden in business processes and made transparent by Process Mining. This technology allows the user to reconstruct, analyze and improve business processes based on the log data stored in the IT system. It enables faster and more precise insights into companies and therefore better decisions towards customer experience, efficiency and cost reduction. The Celonis Process Mining technology is used by more than 100.000 process miners in over 600 countries and 20 industries worldwide. Along with current Celonis employees from different departments, you will discuss skills and challenges that are crucial to transform a customer’s business. You will...
●    learn about process excellence as a key success factor for global businesses.
●    identify transformation potential using the innovative Celonis Intelligent Business Cloud.
●    experience various use cases from different industries.
●    solve a real-world transformation challenge.

Sunday November 3, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
WEX 330

12:00pm

Harvard Campus Tour
Come join us for tours across Harvard Campus on Sunday. During the tours, students from Harvard’s Crimson Key Society usher groups around Harvard Yard, discussing key historical points, telling anecdotes, and answering questions, all while weaving in their own personal experience.

Sunday November 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Harvard

12:00pm

Workshop: Five-Year Plan
Growing up as a first-generation high school graduate, Moritz Baier-Lentz developed the mental models from his teenage days as a video gaming world champion into a life filled with adventures and purpose: from studies at Stanford, Harvard, and Oxford to work at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, the White House and completing a 250km ultramarathon through the Moroccan Sahara. In this workshop, he will share his five-year plan—a unique tool to design your career, citizenship, and relationships to reach "the next level" of your one precious life.

Speakers
avatar for MORITZ BAIER-LENTZ

MORITZ BAIER-LENTZ

Founder, Future Friday
Moritz was honored among the “30 Under 30” (Forbes), “35 Under 35” (Business Insider), and “40 Under 40” (Capital) for his contributions at the interface of Wall Street and Silicon Valley; studied at Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, and Peking University on full-ride... Read More →


Sunday November 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
HKS: Workshop Room 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

12:00pm

„Defending Freedom – How we can win the fight for an open society“

Ralf Fücks is managing director of the Center for Liberal Modernity (LibMod), following 21 years of work in the executive of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the political foundation associated with the Greens. At the center of his work were green economics and ecological innovation, migration, the future of Europe and international politics. Before that, he was co-chair of the Greens (1989/90) and Senator for Environment and City Development in Bremen. He is the author of the books "Defending Freedom: How We Can Win The Fight For An Open Society", "The Future of Liberal Democracy: A European Perspective" and "Are We Entering an Illiberal Era? The Challenge to Liberal Democracy".


Sunday November 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
To Be Announced